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2017 Hyundai Tucson Review

The 2017 Hyundai Tucson claims one of the top spots in our compact SUV rankings. It has plenty of room for people and cargo, as well as one of the highest predicted reliability ratings in the class.

Pros & Cons

  • Quiet cabin
  • Spacious back seats
  • Great safety and predicated reliability ratings
  • Some low-rent cabin materials

Rankings & Awards

The 2017 Hyundai Tucson's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Affordable Compact SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2020 Best Used Cars for Teens award and a finalist for our 2017 Best Compact SUV for the Money award and and a finalist for our 2017 Best Compact SUV for Families award. Currently the Hyundai Tucson has a score of 8.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 23 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.8
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2017 Hyundai Tucson Overview

Is the 2017 Hyundai Tucson a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2017 Hyundai Tucson is a good compact SUV. It boasts a good cargo capacity for the class, a comfortable ride, and a quiet cabin with two rows of roomy seats. The Tucson's handling is sporty, and the engines are up to the task. With a good combination of overall quality, predicted reliability, high safety ratings, and accident-avoidance technologies, we named the Tucson a 2020 Best Used Small SUV for Teens. However, the interior has some hard plastic surfaces, and it's not as plush as the cabins of some rivals.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 23 professional evaluations for this 2017 Hyundai Tucson review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Hyundai Tucson?

Based on more than 1,500 listings for this vehicle on our site, you can expect to pay between $17,000 and $28,000 for a used 2017 Hyundai Tucson. The average list price is $21,300. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Hyundai Tucson Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 Tucson are estimated to be $22,326. That’s about average for the compact SUV segment.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Tucson?

The 2018 Hyundai Tucson isn’t significantly different from the 2017 model. It shuffled trim levels and standard features, elevating the number of trims from four to six. The 2018 base model (starting at $20,050) is basically the same as the 2017 base model. However, the SE Popular Equipment package is now standard in the new SEL trim (starting at $21,300), which also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2017 SE trim is now the SEL Plus ($24,300), and the 2017 Sport trim is now the Value trim ($24,050). The Value trim features a new 2.4-liter engine.

Starting prices for the 2018 models run from $20,050 to $26,925 – similar to the 2017 Tucson’s range of $17,000 to $28,000. You can save money by buying used, especially if you’re shopping for the base trim. However, the 2017 model’s upper trims may not be as much of a deal. Throw in the newer model’s new-car warranty, and the 2018 Tucson may be the better buy.

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In addition to the 2018 Tucson, there are a number of new 2018 compact SUVs you may want to consider. Take the 2018 Hyundai Kona (MSRP: $19,500) and the 2018 Mazda CX-3 (MSRP: $20,110), for example. Both are more fuel-efficient than the 2017 Tucson, and they have good lists of standard features. Just note that, by virtue of its larger size, the Tucson offers more cargo and passenger space.

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Which Model Year of the Hyundai Tucson Is Best?

The Tucson was completely redesigned for 2016. Earlier models are less expensive, but they also have less cargo space, a smaller touch screen, and lower reliability ratings. On top of that, older models are less fuel-efficient than models in the newer Tucson generation. The 2017 Tucson is basically the same as the 2016 model, but it adds available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. If you can live without these smartphone integration features, save some money and buy the 2016 Tucson.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Hyundai Tucson?

The 2017 Hyundai Tucson has a predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five – one of the best scores J.D. Power offers.

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2017 Hyundai Tucson Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Tucson has one recall. When towing, the trailer brake lights may illuminate when the brakes are not in use.

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Which Used Hyundai Tucson Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Hyundai Tucson comes in four trims: the base SE, Eco, Sport, and Limited. The base trim offers typical standard features like a rearview camera and cloth upholstery. The Eco trim offers only slightly better fuel economy. The better choice would be the Sport trim, which adds standard safety features like lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert. It also has heated seats and a turbocharged engine. To get standard smartphone integration and navigation, you’ll need the higher-priced Limited model.

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What Does Hyundai's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Hyundai offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Certified pre-owned Hyundai vehicles receive the balance of the original new-car 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, as well as the remainder of the five-year/60,000-mile comprehensive warranty. Hyundai CPO vehicles must pass a 173-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing, roadside assistance, and rental car reimbursement may be available, so read Hyundai’s warranty page carefully.

Hyundai has one of the best CPO programs among affordable car manufacturers, according to our analysis. Only Kia, Buick, Mitsubishi, and Smart have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Tucson?

The Tucson received five out of five stars in its frontal and side crash tests from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and four stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety deemed the Tucson a Top Safety Pick+, awarding it the highest score of Good in all crashworthiness categories and a Superior score in front crash prevention.

The Tucson comes standard with a rearview camera and brake assist. Higher trims include lane change assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a lane departure warning system.

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2017 Hyundai Tucson Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Hyundai Tucson or 2017 Kia Sportage?

Both the 2017 Kia Sportage and the 2017 Hyundai Tucson are excellent SUVs. The latter earns marginally better safety scores and has a modestly lower total cost of ownership. However, the Kia’s interior is more luxurious than the plastic-filled Tucson’s cabin, and it has a more powerful base four-cylinder engine. The Sportage can also tow 2,000 pounds, while the Tucson can tow 1,000 pounds.

Which Is Better: 2017 Hyundai Tucson or 2017 Ford Escape?

The 2017 Ford Escape is one of the best-handling compact SUVs around. It offers a robust 245-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that outpaces anything the Tucson has under its hood. Both vehicles have a nice list of standard features, so your choice comes down to performance. These are both excellent options, but people who want a more engaging daily driver will prefer the Escape.

Which Is Better: 2017 Hyundai Tucson or 2017 Honda CR-V?

The 2017 Honda CR-V’s interior is filled with soft-touch materials, has more second-row legroom, and offers substantially more cargo space than the Tucson. It also has a more powerful base engine, yet it returns better fuel economy. The Tucson is not without its advantages, though. It has a better predicted reliability rating and a lower total cost of ownership. In the end, both vehicles are solid choices.

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2017 Tucson Performance

How Does the 2017 Hyundai Tucson Drive?

The 2017 Tucson drives well, thanks to its mixture of sporty handling and a soft suspension. It easily handles bumps in the road and absorbs potholes. However, the Sport model might ride too firmly on rough roads for some drivers.

The base Tucson has a 164-horsepower four-cylinder engine. An available turbocharged four-cylinder engine puts out 175 horsepower. Both have good power, but the turbocharged engine lags under hard acceleration.

Does the 2017 Hyundai Tucson Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2017 Tucson gets above-average fuel economy for a compact SUV. The base four-cylinder engine gets 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the Eco trim gets 26/32 mpg city/highway. The Sport and Limited trims with the turbocharged engine get 25/30 mpg city/highway. The turbocharged engine with all-wheel drive has a rating of 24/28 mpg city/highway, while the base four-cylinder engine with all-wheel drive has a rating of 21/26 mpg city/highway.

2017 Hyundai Tucson Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the 2017 Tucson can tow up to 1,500 pounds.

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2017 Tucson Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Tucson Seat?

The 2017 Tucson has five comfortable seats across two rows. Adults have plenty of space in both rows. Stain-resistant cloth upholstery and reclining rear seats are standard. An eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat, heated front and rear seats, and leather upholstery can be found in some models. The biggest knock against the Tucson is that some of its cabin materials could be of a higher quality.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Hyundai Tucson?

The Tucson has two sets of LATCH child-seat anchors on the outboard seats, plus a middle-seat tether anchor. For models with cloth seats, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the LATCH system Acceptable, its second-highest score, for ease of use. The IIHS noted that attaching car seats to the anchors on the passenger-side rear seat takes too much effort. Tucson models with leather seats earned a Marginal rating, the second-lowest score, for the same reason – and because the anchors are buried too deeply in the seats.

2017 Hyundai Tucson Features

A 5-inch touch screen, a six-speaker sound system, a USB port, and Bluetooth are standard in the Tucson. Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, an Infinity premium audio system, HD Radio, navigation, and an 8-inch touch screen are available in some models. These tech features are considered easy to use.

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2017 Hyundai Tucson Dimensions

Hyundai Tucson Cargo Space

The 2017 Tucson has 31 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 61.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. While that cargo space is average for the segment, rivals like the 2017 Honda HR-V offer more room.

2017 Tucson Length and Weight

The 2017 Tucson’s curb weight ranges from 3,300 pounds to 3,686 pounds, depending on the engine and drivetrain. The Tucson’s gross vehicle weight rating ranges from 4,586 pounds to 4,784 pounds. This Hyundai is 14.6 feet long.

Where Was the 2017 Hyundai Tucson Built?

The 2017 Hyundai Tucson was built in South Korea.

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